EaglePeak

Snowshoe hike on Eagle Peak trail in Mt. Rainier National Park
  • C. Porter  Arriving at Mt. Rainier National Park at dawn on December 28, I found plenty of fresh snow - even at Longmire (el. 2800'). : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  After a half mile the tracks ended and I was left to break trail through the towering trees. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  It seemed I was not alone, however.  Mysterious beings lined my path. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  They appeared to be praying for the sun to come and relieve them of their burdens. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  Occasional glimpses through the trees told me the sun was shining somewhere, but not here. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  Finally, it began to arrive over the steep ridge... : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  ...sending showers down upon unsuspecting hikers. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  I - and my companions - hurried onward. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  After hours of hard labor I reached an open meadow surrounded by castles of snow and ice.  I admired the view... : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  ... but my route upward led back through the trees, whose beards were now dripping with sweat in the blazing sunshine. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  Higher on the ridge, the trees occasionally parted to yield views of Mt. Adams to the south. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  Eagle Peak - namesake of my trail - was not to be climbed today.  It was already 1:30, and I had no desire to be buried under a pile of snow. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  Lunch is surrounded by magnificence. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  I found other views, such as this one to the west - but never of Mt. Rainier, which was hidden behind Eagle Ridge. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter  The narrative ends here, but the images continue as I retrace my steps to return to Longmire before dusk. : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter : Eagle Peak, Rainier
  • C. Porter : Eagle Peak, Rainier